Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) was formed in 1949 by C.N. Annadurai as a breakaway faction of the Justice Party. The party has strong presence in T. Nadu and Pondicherry. It has formed govt. in T. Nadu five times. Karunanidhi has been the undisputed leader since early 1970s and has been CM of the state five times. The party has 18 members in the current Lok Sabha.
The party is controlled by Karunanidhi family, his sons and daughter. His two sons – Stalin and Alagiri – are at loggerheads with each other for control of the party and bet party is united till Karuna is alive.
The party was in NDA govt. (1999-2004). Since 2004, it has been with UPA. Its minister A. Raja has become a household name due to the Rs. 176,000 crore 2G scam. His daughter Kanimozhi spent more than 6 months in jail in case related to the scam. In 2011 state elections, DMK was trounced by AIADMK because of the corruption scandals.
Possibilities in Next Lok Sabha Elections
(i) DMK sweeps the state, gets 30+ seats and emerges as single largest party after Congress and BJP. Will go with UPA (possibility nil).
(ii) DMK gets 20-30 seats. Will go with Congress (possibility nil).
(iii) DMK gets 0-10 seats (possibility highest). Will not play a key role in Govt.